The Lord your God is with you wherever you go
Joshua 1:9 - “Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
As Moses handed the reins of Israel over to Joshua, the Lord told Joshua, “Be strong and courageous.” Joshua was a well-seasoned warrior by then and he had trained well under Moses’ leadership, but he still had many battles before him as he led his people into the promised land.
This week we will all celebrate President Lee being officially inaugurated into the office which he has been serving for most of this year. To him I say, “Be strong and courageous.” And to all of you also I say, “Be strong and courageous.” You may be a seasoned warrior or you may be brand new in the wider world, but the advice is the same. Do not be afraid, for the Lord goes with you.
In Martin Luther’s hymn, “A Mighty Fortress,” he writes, “Did we in our own strength confide, our striving would be losing.” You see, when I say be strong, I don’t want you to rest on your own strength. Your own strength will waver and it will run out – for some it will run out slower than others, but it is nonetheless finite. But God told the Apostle Paul, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Our strength does not come from inside us. Our strength comes from above us. It comes from the Lord. Paul writes, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”
Be strong, brothers and sisters, be strong in the strength of the Lord. Trust in him and he will direct your paths.
Blessings to you, President Lee, and to all of you,
Rev. Carolyn Poteet